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Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans opts to sit out NBA restart in Orlando

Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans opts to sit out NBA restart in Orlando

The Washington Wizards will be without one of their best players when they pick back up in Orlando in the NBA's restart.

Sharpshooter Davis Bertans will not play in order to prevent injury before he hits free agency, NBC Sports Washington has confirmed. ESPN first reported the news Monday morning. 

The Wizards have eight regular season games planned with the potential for the playoffs, but with a big payday near and two ACL tears in his past, Bertans is taking extra precaution. And by doing so, he will forego his prorated salary for the rest of the season.

So far, he is the only Wizards player to make that choice, NBC Sports Washington was told. The deadline for players to opt out is June 24.

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Bertans, 27, is set to be an unrestricted free agent this fall. The Wizards have every intention of keeping him and can use his Bird Rights to exceed the salary cap with his next contract.

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The Wizards are permitted to sign a replacement player to take Bertans' roster spot. It would have to be a minimum contract and only for the stretch-run of the remainder of this season.

Bertans' season is cut short with him only 24 threes away from the franchise single-season record. He shot 42.4 percent on 8.7 attempts from long range this year.

The Wizards' path to the playoffs will now be more difficult. They are 5 1/2 games out of the eighth spot, needing to get within four to force a play-in tournament. Doing so without their best shooter and second-best scorer will not be easy.

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NBA draft lottery 2020 to be held virtually amid coronavirus pandemic

NBA draft lottery 2020 to be held virtually amid coronavirus pandemic

The NBA offseason arrives later this week and will speed up soon not long after with the Aug. 20 draft lottery, which will be held virtually this year.

The news it is being held virtually, which was first reported by the Athletic, was a fairly obvious expectation. All 14 teams participating will do so remotely via a video feed. That's the way many events are being held amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Wizards have the ninth-best odds in this year's lottery. That gives them a 4.5 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick and a 20.2 chance to select in the top four.

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The top eight teams in the lottery are the Warriors, Cavs, Timberwolves, Hawks, Pistons, Knicks, Bulls and Hornets. The Warriors, Cavs and Timberwolves are tied for the best odds to get the No. 1 pick.

There is no consensus top player in this draft. Mock drafts have rotated through a few players at the top. The big names include James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball.

The Wizards will need some luck to move up and have a chance to get one of them.

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Michael Jordan competes in White Marlin Open in Ocean City for second consecutive year

Michael Jordan competes in White Marlin Open in Ocean City for second consecutive year

Michael Jordan has proven time and time again that no opponent is too challenging for him.

Even in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and Hurricane Isaias, Jordan’s love for competition prevailed as he was spotted in Ocean City, Md. this past weekend competing in the White Marlin Open, a deep-sea fishing competition, for the second consecutive year. 

If basketball, football, baseball and golf weren’t enough, the six-time NBA champion has now become a regular competitor in the world’s largest billfish tournament. After he entered the competition in 2019, he was the weekend’s star even without the winning catch.

In the weeks leading up to the 2020 competition, rumors began to circulate about whether the sports icon would appear on the eastern shore again. When his plane was spotted at Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport last week and his boat Catch 23 was registered, excitement began to grow from fans and fellow anglers.

In the competition’s 47th year, Jordan’s boat was spotted as one of 433 to enter the competition. His is an 80-foot Viking, which displays the print matching his Air Jordan 3 sneakers that he wore during the 1998 NBA All-Star game.

The tournament features competitions in fishing for tuna, dolphins, blue marlins, wahoos, sharks and white marlins. Due to the effects of the hurricane, the competition spanned from Aug. 3-9, an extension from its normal five days. This year, the White Marlin Open set a record for the most money ever awarded with a collective $6.8 million distributed to the winners.

The top $1.85 million prize went to Brandon Golueke from Ocean City for a 97-pound white marlin. The fish was the third largest white marlin in competition history.

While Jordan and his Catch 23 crew were unable to bring home the top prize again this year, he has proven he has a promising future in angling. Back in June, his boat brought in a 442.3-pound marlin on the second day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City, N.C., which earned fifth place that day and ninth place in the tournament overall. 

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